Release: Nevada County man arrested for torture, domestic violence
A 79-year-old man was arraigned Monday afternoon in Nevada County Superior Court on torture and domestic violence charges after he assaulted his wife, breaking both her legs, authorities said.
Wilford George Robinson, of Nevada City, remained in the Nevada County Jail that afternoon on $750,000 bond, reports state.
Robinson was charged with one felony count of spousal abuse with a special allegation of causing great bodily injury, a serious and violent strike offense; and one count of torture, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said. A key element of a torture allegation is the infliction of great bodily injury with the intent to cause suffering, Walsh said. A conviction could be a life sentence, Walsh noted.
Robinson’s wife is 81 and suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Nevada County sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Trygg said in a press release. Dispatch reports state she’d been taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on Feb. 12 with fractures to both femurs.
As family members and the hospital staff investigated the circumstances, suspicions began to arise, Trygg said.
The possible elder abuse was reported Feb. 19 to the Sheriff’s Office, and detectives from the Major Crimes Unit began an investigation. During the investigation, it was learned that the victim’s husband was responsible for causing her injuries in a domestic violence indecent that occurred several days prior to her arrival at the hospital, the release states.
A search warrant was obtained and served at their residence on Friday in the 14000 block of Quaker Hill Cross Road. Robinson was arrested and booked into jail.
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